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The Moon: A Story Prayer for Lent

By Victor Andre Greene

As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number … See, we have searched this out; it is true.

The Moon: A Story Prayer for Lent

By Victor Andre Greene

As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number … See, we have searched this out; it is true.

Lenten Resources

Compiled by the CSA team

How are you observing Lent this year? We’re highlighting a number of Lenten devotionals that focus on seeking justice. We hope you’ll check out some of these and find one that connects with your heart.

Exploring the Gift of Wonder During Lent

By Christine Aroney-Sine

God’s bequest of play buffers us from the spiritual burnout so rampant in our faith communities.

My Lenten theme this year is Breaking Down Walls. When I chose this theme I was not just thinking of the controversy about the wall on the U.S/Mexican border.

For Those Who Failed at Lent

By Benjamin Capps

 

For those of you who have already failed on your Lenten commitments, I want you to know, I’m with you.

By now it is probably evident, even to the most occasional of church attenders, that we have thoroughly entered into the long, somber, and glorious tunnel of Lent.

Lenten Devotion: Disappointment with God and Persistent Hope

By Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

What does it mean to have Persistent Hope in the midst of disappointment and despair? Throughout the 40 days of Lent, this is the theme I am wrestling with, praying through, and seeking to understand as we wait together and long for Easter morning.

CreatureKind Lenten Devotion: How Should Christians Treat Animals?

By Sarah Withrow King
For many Christians, this is Holy Week, a week of the year that we set aside to consider the death and burial of Jesus Christ. We know that the tomb will be empty on Easter morning, but the people who walked with Jesus did not share our advantage of hindsight.

Lenten Devotion: I Will Not Be Shamed

By Sharon Watkins and Richard H. Lowery

Read Isaiah 50:4–9a.
“The Lord God helps me… / I know that I shall not be put to shame.”

Today’s reading is from the third of the so-called “servant songs” in the portion of the book scholars call “Second Isaiah.” The songs are reflections on the experiences of a “servant,” often clearly identified as Israel as a whole, but sometimes apparently referring to some sub-group or individual among the exiles in Babylonia.

Lenten Devotion: Jesus Heals the…

By Sharon Watkins and Richard H. Lowery

Read Luke 7:1–10.
“A centurion there had a slave…”

People of the United States* reading this passage need to stutter at the word slave, a reminder of our own horrific national history.

The Futility of Lent

By Elrena Evans

The alarm clock rings early, and I am still asleep when it rings—an oddity, for an erstwhile early riser. But I am full from stacks of pancakes and fastnachts consumed last night at our church’s Shrove Tuesday celebration, and the surfeit of starch makes me sleepy.